Just Cause 3 has taken me a little while to get finished (it’s been sat on the shelf for a year or so…..), but I got it done, and it’s been a lot of fun!
I’ve made my concerns known in the previous two write-ups for this game, and frankly, they still hold-up. Massive framerate drop, huge map with not so much to do, and the grindy nature of liberating oh-so-many provinces.
All that aside, though, it’s been a blast.
Whilst Just Cause 3 is flawed, it has so much going for it that I’ve been willing to forgive it when it’s lacking or frustrating.
What it does best, it does exceptionally well. Freedom, chaos and having a whole world as a playground. If you wanted, you could play this game for 100 hours and never do a mission, and still feel like you’ve had a great time.
The story is b-movie quality at best, although I feel like that’s exactly where it should be. Dialogue is borderline awful, but that’s fine because it fits. Voice acting is fine, if not perhaps leaning a little too much on some stereotypes, and the music is really quite good. Tinged with Spanish guitars, and some really nice ambient sounds, you can fly for ages, just at peace, it can actually be really lovely at times.
This game will never be remembered as one of the “all-time greats”, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s fun, it let me summon a cargo plane, drive a truck inside it, fly it over a mountain and then reverse the truck out, in mid-air just because I could.
Flawed, yes. A little naff in the story-telling department? Absolutely. Is it a good time? Yep! So it’s easy to give Just Cause 3 the “Recommended” rating from Ninja Refinery.
If you’re unsure about giving it a go, now is the time. You can get it dirt-cheap (I believe it was even free to PS Plus users recently!) from all good retailers, and it’s absolutely worth the time investment.
It’s a little odd, I was ready to get it done and over with, until I finished the campaign, and now I find myself just doing things in it for the sheer hell of it. I feel like I’m not quite finished with it yet, even though I am.
If struggling to move onto something new isn’t testament to how good it can be, then I don’t know what is!